How to Bring Real Change to School Meals

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Improving School Meals

School meals are continually coming under fire, whether it be for the perceived lack of nutrition or choices on offer, many public figures are always calling for “improvement.” Despite this being such a big issue, what we never hear is any really thoughtful and logical ideas that would actually help get school meals up to scratch.

What could authorities do to go beyond “making them better,” and actually putting some ideas into action?

Scrap Tradition

Fish and Chips on a Friday is one of many longstanding British traditions, and one that is held up in the vast majority of school lunch plans across the country. Hardly a healthy meal option though, is it. The first thing to do with school meals, is get rid of this tradition nonsense. It is simply a lazy way to fill up a menu because someone somewhere simply cannot be bothered to do the necessary research to build a nutritional meal plan.

Add More Variety

The world is more cosmopolitan than ever, so why are our children being fed the same old junk? There needs to be much more invention to create a sense of excitement, so that children actually look forward to eating their meal. Whether Italian recipes more imaginative than Spaghetti Bolognese and Pizza are used, or school meals head down an altogether more eclectic route, variety cannot possibly be a bad thing.

Put Chefs Into Schools

Actually having a Chef who is a central part of day-to-day life around the school will give a chance for interaction and 360-degree feedback with regards to school meals. Parents will also likely feel much happier and assured that most meals, if not all, are cooked fresh on the day, rather than delivered on the back of a heated van.

Would a Teacher Eat a School Meal?

This, of course, is the million dollar question, so to speak, and in the long-term could ultimately be used as the measure as to whether or not school meals are actually improving. If the adults are not willing to eat the food provided, then why should the children? This will also help develop students’ social skills in a communal dining setting, and in all likelihood lead to more peaceful lunchtimes in schools.

Despite having been well publicised over many years, there are still significant problems faced in providing healthy, nutritious school meals. As a knock-on impact, this undoubtedly influences child obesity and general health levels, and for these reasons alone swift action must be taken.

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  1. Great tips. I’m going to a helicopter mom when it comes to my sons’s school lunches and try to find a school that will work with our diet.

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